Cultural Ambassador for the Dominican Republic and Latin Grammy-Nominee soprano Nathalie Peña-Comas was born in Santo Domingo, where she studied piano and flute at the National Conservatory of Music. Later she graduated with distinction from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Voice and Piano Pedagogy.
She has made appearances in Austria, Belarus, Colombia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
She performed several operatic roles in Austria and the Dominican Republic including, Contessa di Almaviva (in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Zerlina (in Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Lucia (in the tango opera Mateo by M. Palmeri directed by Matteo Mazzoni premiered at Vienna’s Theater Akzent), Queen of trolls (in P. M. Davis’ The two Fiddlers), Gabi (in G. Kühr’s Agleia Federweiss), Musetta (in Puccini’s La Bohème), Valencienne (in Lehar’s Lustige Witwe) and most recently Violetta Valéry (in Verdi’s La Traviata) and Micaëla (in Bizet’s Carmen).
Nathalie has sung as soloist and chamber musician at Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival), Sommerfestival Kittsee (Burgenland), Con Anima Festival (Lower Austria), Brücken-Festival (Styria), Horizonte Festival Landeck (Tirol), IMAGO Sloveniae International Festival (Slovenia), God Allmighty Festival in Belarus, Festival Musical of Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep.) and Academia Sighișoara Festival (Romania); in venues such as prestigious Golden Hall of Musikverein and Mozart Hall Konzerthaus Vienna, MuTh-Vienna Boys Choir Concert Hall; Auditorium José Carreras and Palacio Bauer (Spain); Palacio de Bellas Artes and Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito in the Dominican Republic.
She has collaborated, a. o. with the Vienna Concert – Verein Orchestra, the Strauss Festival Orchestra, the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Târgu Mures, National Symphony Orchestra of Dominican Republic, the Academic Musical Theater Orchestra of Minsk and the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Belarus; with Maestros Eugene Kohn, Ola Rudner, Valery Polyansky, José Antonio Molina, Gábor Ferenç, Stefano Seghedoni and alongside Andrea Bocelli, KS Ramón Vargas, and pop artists Danny Rivera, Johnny Ventura, Plácido Domingo Jr., and many others.
With the Ensemble Spirituosi, a musical sextet dedicated to academic and folk music of Latin America, Nathalie has toured through Austria, Dominican Rep., England, Italy, and Spain. Spirituosi’s first Album “Souvenir Latino” won 3 Golden Medals at Global Music Awards in Los Angeles and has been in the play-list of BBC 3 Radio in London. Ensemble Spirituosi was also awarded the Soberano Prize in “Best Classical Concert of 2015” (Dom. Rep.).
She won the 2nd Prize at the Montecatini Opera Festival Singing Competition 2022, and has been awarded five prizes for “Classical Singer of the Year” at Soberano Awards (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 - Dom. Rep.). She was also finalist at the 14th Osaka International Music Competition (2013) and won the special prize for the “Most Promising Soprano” and for the ''Best Interpretation of a Polish Composition'' at the 14th Ada Sari International Competition of Vocal Art (2011).
She has attended Masterclasses with: Mariella Devia, Kamal Khan and Helena Lazarska. She's currently coached by Romanian Maestra Irina Gavrilovici.
Micaela (Carmen) - Sommerfestival Kittsee 2019 ©Viktor Fertsak
Violetta Valéry (La Traviata) - Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito ©Juan Miguel Peña
Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) - Sommerfestival Kittsee 2018 ©Richard Schuster
Lucia (Mateo) - Wiener Theater Akzent ©Werner Stranka
Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) ©Nikolas Göhl
Musetta (La bohème) - Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito ©David Soto
Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) ©United Photos
Zerlina (Don Giovanni) - Schlosstheater Schönbrunn
OPERA/OPERETTA - REPERTOIRE
G. BIZET MICAËLA Carmen
F. CILEA ADRIANA LECOUVREUR* Adriana Lecouvreur
P. M. DAVIS QUEEN OF TROLLS The two fiddlers
G. KÜHR GABI Agleia Federweiss
F. LEHAR VALENCIENNE Lustige Witwe
M. PALMERI LUCIA Mateo
W. A. MOZART ZERLINA Don Giovanni
PAMINA Die Zauberflöte
CONTESSA Le nozze di Figaro
G. PUCCINI MIMÌ La Bohème
CIO-CIO-SAN Madama Butterfly
G. VERDI VIOLETTA VALÉRY La Traviata
AMELIA GRIMALDI* Simon Boccanegra
LEONORA* Il trovatore
*In Vorbereitung/In preparation
KONZERT (SOLO) SOPRANO-PARTS/
J. S. BACH Magnificat BWV 243
L. V. BEETHOVEN Messe in C-DUR op. 86
Chorfantasie op. 80
IX. Symphonie op. 125 d-moll
J. BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem op. 458
G. FAURÉ Requiem op.48
M. HAYDN Missa in honorem Sanctae Ursulae
(Chiemsee-Messe), MH 546
F. J. HAYDN Missa brevis in F Hob. XXII:1
Missa brevis in B Hob. XXII:7
X. MONTSALVATGE Cinco canciones negras
W. A. MOZART Exsultate, jubilate KV 165
Konzertarie "Voi avete un cor fedele” KV 217
Missa brevis in F KV 192
Missa in C "Spatzenmesse” KV 220
Missa brevis in B KV 275
Missa in C "Krönungsmesse” KV 317
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, KV 339
Requiem KV 626
F. OBRADORS Various songs (Lieder)
C. ORFF Carmina Burana
G. B. PERGOLESI Stabat Mater in f-moll
J. B. PLAZA Siete canciones venezolanas
J. RODRIGO Doce canciones españolas
G. ROSSINI Stabat Mater
F. SCHUBERT G-Dur Messe D 167
F. SOR Various songs (Lieder)
R. SCHUMANN Missa in c-moll op. 147
H. SCHÜTZ Musikalische Exequien SWV 279–281 (op. 7)
R. STRAUSS Vier letzte Lieder
G. VERDI Messa da Requiem
H. VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5/Aria Cantilena
A. VIVALDI Gloria in D RV 589